The Best Hotels to Book in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Explore Kalamazoo, Michigan, with this rundown of the best hotels to book in the area
Explore Kalamazoo, Michigan, with this rundown of the best hotels to book in the area | © Danita Delimont / Alamy Stock Photo
Sara Darling

Kalamazoo is a big city with a small-town feel. Beyond its corporate image as a pharmaceutical hub, there’s a lively undercurrent to this Michigan city. Sample the best craft beer in the country at Bell’s Brewery; visit the site where Gibson guitars were made; or catch a hockey game at the Wings Event Center while staying in one of these top hotels in Kalamazoo – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Kara's Kottages, for a snug hideaway


Room at Karas Kottages
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Get cozy in one of these four cottages close to downtown Kalamazoo. The West Main Street property sleeps five guests across two bedrooms; expect home comforts including plump sofas, bookshelves decked with ornaments and a fairy-lit backyard. Don’t fancy cooking? The Blue Dolphin restaurant is just five minutes’ drive away.

2. Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage, for easy access to the I-94

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Room at Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
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If you’re driving to Kalamazoo, this Courtyard hotel is conveniently located just off the highway, giving you easy access to Binder Park Zoo, Timber Ridge, Kal-Haven Trail and the Gilmore Car Museum. When you’re done exploring, kick back at the indoor pool or work up a sweat in the fitness center. Breakfast is served each morning at the on-site bistro, alongside your all-important Starbucks coffee. For dinner, hit up the nearby Grand Traverse Pie Company.

3. Candlewood Suites Kalamazoo, for extended stays

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Room at Candlewood Suites Kalamazoo
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Planning a long trip to Kalamazoo? Book a room at Candlewood Suites – each spacious pad comes with a fully equipped kitchen and large TV as standard, plus there’s an on-site gym for day or night workouts. It’s also conveniently located opposite the Wings Event Center, so you can easily catch a K-Wings hockey game or a live concert while in town. Dogs are welcome here, too.

4. TownePlace Suites Kalamazoo, for a self-catering suite

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Room at TownePlace Suites Kalamazoo
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This TownePlace Suites is a fail-safe bet if you’re looking for a little more space while in Michigan. You can even bring your furry friend by booking a designated pet-friendly room. Each of the studio and one-bed suites have kitchens included, if you prefer to whip up your own meals, but a complimentary continental breakfast is also available each morning. The I-94 and US-131 interchange is just moments away.

5. Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, for wellness perks

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Room at Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
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Situated in the midst of downtown Kalamazoo, this city center hotel has urban living covered. Choose either a king or two queen beds in the remarkably spacious rooms, before heading down to explore the on-site Kalamazoo Athletic Club. It boasts a full-service spa, and also features a particularly good gym, as well as a sauna, indoor pool and hot tub. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to nearby Kalamazoo / Battle Creek International Airport.

6. Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown, for a contemporary downtown bolthole

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Pool at Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown
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Once a Masonic lodge, this classy red-brick building has since been transformed into a contemporary Hilton Garden Inn, but you can still spot details of its former life in the geometric widows and galleried meeting hall. Book the king deluxe room for extra space. The downtown location means you are only a short stroll from Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Waldo Stadium and the Air Zoo. On-site parking is available, connected to the main building via a handy pedestrian bridge.

7. Fairfield Inn and Suites Kalamazoo, for a budget-friendly stay

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Pool at Fairfield Inn and Suites Kalamazoo
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Whatever time you arrive at this Fairfield Inn, you’ll be welcomed with a smile at the 24-hour front desk. The simple, pared-back rooms are an ideal base for exploring the area. If you’re traveling with kids, book a suite to make the most of the pull-out sofa beds, before taking them downstairs to burn off energy in the heated indoor pool. Driving to Kalamazoo? Take full advantage of the free parking and convenient location, just off the I-94.

8. Staybridge Suites Kalamazoo, for complimentary extras

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Exterior of Staybridge Suites Kalamazoo
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Settle into a homey suite at this Staybridge outpost in Knollwood, just southwest of downtown Kalamazoo. Full kitchens come as standard, and there’s a daily breakfast, complimentary laundry center and light dinner available from Mondays to Wednesdays. During the winter, cozy up by the open fire in the downstairs lobby. Come summer, make the most of the outdoor courtyard grill. There are some great running trails just across the street in the leafy Asylum Lake Preserve.

9. Hampton Inn Kalamazoo, to be close to the airport

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Room at Hampton Inn Kalamazoo
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Conveniently situated near Kalamazoo / Battle Creek International Airport, and off the I-94, this no-frills hotel is an ideal base for a fleeting visit to the city. Check in and flop on the bed to catch a movie on the large TV. Start the day right with a complimentary hot and cold breakfast (including the renowned house waffles), or, if you’re in a hurry, grab one of the handy breakfast bags, available on weekdays. During the winter, check out Bittersweet Ski Resort, just a 30-minute drive away.

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